Minister of Health and Population- Ahmed Emad Minister of Health and Population- Ahmed Emad

Dengue fever not contagious or deadly: Health minister

Mon, Oct. 2, 2017
CAIRO – 2 October 2017: Minister of Health Ahmed Emad stressed on Monday that Dengue fever is not deadly or contagious, after the outbreak of Dengue fever in the Red Sea governorate.

Aedes aegypti mosquito is a main vector that transmits viruses causing dengue, according to the report released by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The viruses are passed on to humans through the bites of an infective female Aedes mosquito, which mainly acquires the virus while feeding on the blood of an infected person.

The Ministry of Health controls this kind of mosquito, said Emad, adding that continuous development of health units is carried out to tackle this disease by enhancing their capacity for early detection and prompt management of cases.

“Dengue infection rates are higher outdoors and during daytime, when mosquitoes bite most frequently,” the report explained.

The symptoms of the disease include sudden high fever, severe headache, nausea, vomiting, sever joint and muscle pain, as well as a skin rash.
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